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Ryan Academy of Norfolk

Private | 1-12 | 101 students

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Posted January 7, 2014

am an alumni from the first graduating class back in 1976 when our class had only 4 graduating seniors. I went on to ODU and graduated and have had a great career in the medical field for 28+years. It was a great school then as it is now and I also had 2 brothers graduate from here as well. The school really prepares you for your future.


Posted September 11, 2013

this is my students 6th year and very exciting to see the computer lab and the new biology lab.Tonight at Back to school night the kids where so excited to show off new things and new friends.We are not related but we are one big happy family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

I had two children in this school-over six years. The education is top-notch. The building is older, but the teachers/staff are fantastic. The curriculum is very demanding and students not willing to WORK will not do well- the school demands engaged students and parents, and that is not a fit for every family. It is academically challenging in every section (Lower, Middle, and Upper), but if a student wishes to do well, they have every opportunity. The faculty is superb; they are willing to devote extra time to each and every student, should the student wish to take advantage. My kids played sports and had coaches who taught a love of sport and a respect for players and the game. Ryan provides a wonderful environment for learning, as well as focusing on character growth as an individual. When you walk inside the doors of this school, you can immediately tell that it is some place special.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

Ryan Academy is a small, independent school offering a college preparatory, 1st through 12th grade experience to as wide a cross section of families as possible. We have a family-like atmosphere that allows us to work with individual students to move them through our shared curriculum. Our graduates are accepted at virtually any college / university in the region, and typically do very well.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 4, 2013

My son attended Norfolk Public Schools through eighth grade. He has always had difficulty with a learning environment that consists of approximately 30 students per classroom. Because my child was NOT a behavior problem, no one addressed his inability to focus and learn in such a large environment. We enrolled in Ryan Academy for the 2012-2013 school year, and I can honestly so that we have NO regrets. My son was able to focus and learn with a small class size (10 students). The administrative and teaching staff at Ryan Academy are extremely approachable and receptive. I am so impressed by all aspects of Ryan Academy that I volunteer in all activities at the school and serve on the PTO board. It is a small school where everyone knows each other and works together effectively for the good of the students. I would recommend Ryan Academy to anyone looking for a private school where learning is the primary reason for enrolling in a private setting and not as heavy an emphasis on economic status as some of the other private schools in Norfolk are known for,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

The teachers are wonderful. It's not a perfect school but what school is? My child gets the one on one attention from the teachers. Which is what my child needs. I would and have recommend this school. It is a small school and it would be nice to see more students, but the administration seems to trying to make things better each year from a mess that was handed to them a few years ago. My child came to that school with low self esteem and the children immediatley treated with respect and dignitiy. It is a family enviroment and I want to say "Thank You" for keeping my child safe and giving my child the opportunity to grow and excel!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

The school could inprove by having a days and b days like pulbic schools do. One thing I like about Ryan is the small class sizes


Posted June 3, 2013

I'm VERY satisfied with Ryan. My child has been attending the school since 3rd grade. The teachers and staff members are extremely helpful and flexible. The school strives to have a safe family environment for children and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

Ryan Academy has always been "the" school of choice for our child's education since pre-school. The teachers and staff at both Building Blocks and Ryan Academy are absolutely the best, not only as individuals but also as teachers. They love what they are doing and are very passionate about not only each individual child's education, but that they have every bit of knowledge and skill needed to be successful in their future, whether it is going on to college or directly in the workforce.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

i am an alumni and have been involved in the recent rebirth of ryan academy. great and caring teachers are there to give the one on one attention that you cannot find in any other institution in this area. they do not focus on sports, there main focus is preparing the children for college. the foreign language is top notch with many of the students finishing in the top 97% in the country. yes they are a small school, but doesnt everyone wish as parents we could have had the individual attention when we were kids that the students at ryan are receiving? the students are like one big happy family, participating together on and off school. any reports to the contrary are completely false. i am glad to see my old school coming back to its former glory, and there is nothing but great things for it and its future students to come


Posted June 3, 2013

Ryan Academy has been part of my life since third grade and I would not change the experiences i have had there for anything. I graduated last year and was accepted into the college that I wanted to go to. They have prepared me well for the college experience as well as prepared me for different life challenges that I have faced. The staff has helped me and worked with me when I had numerous family emergencies that kept me from school. Mrs. Nelson is one of the fundamental pieces of the puzzle for this school and me and her have a great relationship even though i have been out of this school for a year. Although this school does not have a flourishing sports program they try to, and it often is the participation from the students that doesn't allow for sports teams. Most students do not want to be involved in sports, as well as the school does not have a large population which is also a huge problem for sports. I have played basketball since sixth grade there and for the last two or three years of my high school career i was captain. All together this school was a huge part of my life that I would not change for anything. I love the administration and the school.


Posted June 3, 2013

I'm a teacher at Ryan Academy. I love teaching here because of the small class size and "family" atmosphere that you just don't get in the public school environment. I get to know my students on a more personal level. Some of the students have been at Ryan since they were in elementary school, and some have just come this year. I feel like there is something unique that we can provide to each of our students that they can't find in public school. In class, I don't feel rushed to teach lessons. Since the classes are small, I have more time to give individualized instruction. If a student is having trouble, I have all the flexibility I need in my curriculum to get that student back on track. I hope that if someone is thinking about private school they would come in and talk to the staff and have a look around. I don't think you'll find a better group of kids and dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 24, 2013

I absolutely love this school. It is affordable. It is small enough that the teache's and principal are very involved with my child. She is well above her reading and math level. Before and after care are attached to the school and she gets to be part of all the athletics and extra curricular activities. I can't give this school enough stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

My son is a middle school student at Ryan Academy. Prior to coming to Ryan he was academically troubled. The small classes and focused attention from the teachers is just what he needed. He has made incredible strides in his time at Ryan and we are very impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

My daughter attended Ryan Academy school years 2005 and 2006. The school had great teachers, but their administration is terribly uninformed. My daughter's preschool teacher told the administration that my daughter knew everything she had to teach the class and recommended she be moved up a grade. My daughter went to HeadStart when she was two and three because her great-aunt oversaw the HeadStart program. They kept my daughter in the same class, so my daughter learned nothing new that year. Worse than that, in 2006, her kindergarten teacher was overthrown by the director's daughter, Ms. L. Ms. L at the time had no teaching experience, the real teacher told me this the day she resigned because of Ms. L interfering with her class. Ms. L told me to my face that she couldn't stand my daughter's voice. And at the end of the school year, when certificates were given nearly every child received a improved reader certificate, except my child. No excuse, to make my child believe she was a poor reader. Her reading was on par with her classmates. Thankfully, my daughter was too sweet to see the unkind intentions of her unqualified "teacher." I as a parent wish I had not trusted them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

This is a very small private school that is trying hard to turn around its academics and parental involvement. The school is almost too small in the lower and middle grades, but the administration is committed to growing the school. If your child needs a very small classroom then this school may work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2010

This is an affordable, small school with good extracurriculars and a staff that truly values the education of each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

Coming from Oklahoma where my children attended a Blue Ribon School ,the schools in Norfolk are sorry and need help, there is nothing to say about the schools here I 'm just glad that I only have 2 years here and I can go back to Oklahoma where we care about education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

My son has blossomed at Ryan. Every teacher knows you and speaks to us frankly about how our child is doing. He has excelled socially beyond anything I could have expected. His grades are off the charts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

Ryan is great if you want your child in a small safe setting ,my student is getting a great education but at the same time getting to do team sports,drama and all the other group things offered at public schools. im very glad that we decided to enroll her here
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public schools
Private schools
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2012)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Virginia Tec
ODU
Radford
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Arabic languages
French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Spanish Exam (2011)
  • National Spanish Exam (2012)
  • National Spanish Exam (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Jerrold Rice
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
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Private schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Virginia Tec
ODU
Radford
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2012
4 year college - 100%
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844 Jerome Ave
Norfolk, VA 23518
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Phone: (757) 583-7926

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